Sunday, December 31, 2017 bulletin

Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

We welcome all guests who have joined us. 

Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website.   Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.

Sunday, December 31, 2017                  
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Sermon                         A New Meaning for Jerusalem
Scripture                      Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40
Speaker                        Tim R.
Worship Leader       Sue S.
Song Leader               Bonnie W.
Piano                              Kathy W.
Media                             Roger H.
Greeter                         James F.

Sunday, January 7, 2018                       
10:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship Service    
Speaker                        Dalton J.
Worship Leader      Linda DeH.
Song Leader              Ed F.
Piano                             Bonnie W.
Media                           Hyungseok O.
Greeter                        Dalton J.

Call to worship

Leader:            Yes!  We will give thanks and rejoice!

All:                     We will praise the Lord from the heavens,
from the heights, and with the angels!

Leader:           We praise the Lord with the sun and moon!
We praise the Creator of the shining stars!

All:                     Fire and hail! Snow and frost!   Mountains and  
hills!    Fruit trees and cedars!

Leader:           Young men and women alike! Children and the
aged ones too!  Let us praise the name of the Lord.

All:                      Praise the Lord!

Leader:            Yes! Let all things be new.



O God, the waiting is over, the time has come: you dwell among us!

We marvel at the mystery of your birth.  We are filled and guided by the Spirit as you open our eyes, our hearts, and our arms to receive you.  Yes, we say, and yet we confess that instead of being drawn beyond our knowing, into the call of your infinite light, we examine your coming within the boundaries of our understanding.

We confess that instead of marveling at the vastness of your mercy, instead of rejoicing with Simeon and Anna, instead of allowing your Spirit to move within and among us, we resist the mystery of your presence.

We confess our struggle to step forth with vulnerability, honesty, courage, dreams, hope, and celebration emanating from the depth of our hearts.   Forgive us.

(pause for silence)

Words of assurance

O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us. You have given us life, and we are restored.

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,
We recognize that documenting these 94 Calls to Action is only a beginning step towards reconciliation.  We also recognize that it has taken centuries to create the mistrust between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (specifically English and French) peoples, and it will take time and intentionality to reconcile these relationships.  We ask that all parties will submit themselves to the commitment and collaboration required for reconciliation to become fruitful.

We pray for those who create and participate in an action-oriented Covenant of Reconciliation, that it will point the way forward toward an era of mutual respect and equal opportunity.  We ask that as participating churches seek You, healing will occur not only for Aboriginal people, but also for those who are non-Aboriginal.  We ask that Your Holy Spirit will guide all people to live humbly and lovely, in emulation of Your character.  Amen
Context:   TRC Call to Action #46



Sunday School Schedule

Dec.  31                no adult SS
Jan.   7                the beginning of a four week Bible study

Everyone is welcome


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sunday, January 21st

The Caring Team is encouraging us to celebrate our gifts of hospitality.  Each household will be given an opportunity either to host or to be hosted for lunch.

Who’s in our House
in January

January 3                           St. Stephens mediation
January 9, 16, 23, 30  William Graham Singers concert
January 10                        Yorkshire Rose Quilters
January 13                        Men’s breakfast
January 13                        Citizens Climate Lobby

Please note these dates:

Jan 10 – 16                        Tim vacation
Jan 11 – 18                        Bonnie vacation
January 22                        Tim eye surgery
February 4                        DMC AGM

John Howard Yoder played a very important role in shaping Anabaptist theology and church life in the 20th century and beyond.  He also was abusive of some of his female students.  How do we weigh these realities in our hearts and minds?  How do we think and act carefully and critically about Yoder?

If you would be interested in one or two evening discussions about this, please talk to Tim R. or Ben W.  We have already contacted Lydia H. (PhD) and she has agreed to assist in such discussions at Danforth, if there is sufficient interest.


Let’s pray for the family of Pieter and Susie Niemeyer.  Pieter’s father died last week after some months of struggle with his health.  And their daughter Samara was earlier involved in a car accident on the way to visit her grandfather.  She’s expected to heal completely, but this just adds to the upheaval for the family at this time.  (This past September Pieter resigned as Pastor of Rouge Valley Mennonite Church.)

Pastor Roberson at Hagerman MC has asked that we post this request in the bulletin.  His cell # is (647) 996 0600 or contact him thru MCEC: 226 476 2500 ext 717

My name is Derek T. and I am a student from the University of Waterloo and am looking for a place to stay in the Pickering area during my co-op term from January until May. I thought it would be a good idea to contact a local church to see if a family in the congregation would be able to house me.

Just some background: I am from Leamington and attended Oak Street Mennonite Church (LUMC). I play lots of sports like hockey and volleyball. I take Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and attended Conrad Grebel during that time.

Please let me know if there is any interest. I can also talk on the phone if that works better.
 Thanks, Derek T.
Charity groups are requesting donations

to support single moms, the elderly, new immigrants and other people in need during this Christmas season.  The outreach committee will ensure that your donations will be delivered to an agency in our neighbourhood.

Items needed: Financial donations and gift cards (grocery store), hats, scarves, and warm socks, family board games, toys, arts and craft kits, children’s books, personal hygiene supplies

On Sunday mornings until mid January a gift box will be located in the church lobby for the items.


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